National Geographic : 1962 Sep
Pulsating drum and mystic chants induce hypnotic trances during macumba rites in Rio on New Year's Eve. Primarily African in origin, macumba resembles the voodoo cult of Haiti. For millions of Brazilians, it supplements rather than supplants Christianity. Sacrificial boat laden with candles, flowers, jewelry, liquor, and other gifts for Yemanja, macumba's god dess of the waters, rests on Rio's Ipanema Beach. At the climax of the New Year's Eve ceremony, priestesses in blue skirts and white blouses will push the craft to sea. HS EKTACHROME(BELOW) AND KODACHROME© N.G.S.